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    Also have a look at who you can buy cheaper tickets through. In QLD you can get cheaper tickets to the show using your RACQ membership (not sure what the NSW equivalent is called). It may not be much but it will help.

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    Have you thought about a smaller show? Are there other local shows on at the same time? If we don't head to the ekka, we go to one of the smaller shows which entry can either be free or much cheaper. They still have lots of things to look at, rides, showbags etc.

    When we go to the ekka, we go in after lunch as we always stay for the night time show which is always enjoyable. Our routine is usually 1 ride, 1 go at the clowns or something, go look around, find a locker to dump stuff in, go to show bags, go put show bags back into locker, few more rides then something to eat/drink for the night show. We catch public transport in and back which is also much cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M'LadyEm View Post
    Also have a look at who you can buy cheaper tickets through. In QLD you can get cheaper tickets to the show using your RACQ membership (not sure what the NSW equivalent is called). It may not be much but it will help.
    Ohhh I got all excited there for a minute... I checked the NRMA website and yes they had 20% off tickets! But they're sold out. Bugger. Thanks for the tip though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    Ohhh I got all excited there for a minute... I checked the NRMA website and yes they had 20% off tickets! But they're sold out. Bugger. Thanks for the tip though!
    Bugger! Oh well, even if you don't end up going this year, you'll be ready for next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myztiks#1Fan View Post
    Have you thought about a smaller show? Are there other local shows on at the same time? If we don't head to the ekka, we go to one of the smaller shows which entry can either be free or much cheaper. They still have lots of things to look at, rides, showbags etc.

    When we go to the ekka, we go in after lunch as we always stay for the night time show which is always enjoyable. Our routine is usually 1 ride, 1 go at the clowns or something, go look around, find a locker to dump stuff in, go to show bags, go put show bags back into locker, few more rides then something to eat/drink for the night show. We catch public transport in and back which is also much cheaper.
    Yes we've been once to the one at Fox Studios, which is free entry. I still spent a fair bit of money once we got in there though, as it seemed to be a lot of paid stuff, whereas I know the Royal has lots of free stuff to do as well as paid. I wasn't overly excited by the Fox Studios one either. But it is something to think about I guess.

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    The show can be expensive but also not that expensive. However, your children are at the ages where they're going to want rides, showbags etc so it probably will be expensive. There is a day I think at the end of the show where children get free rides as long as one paying adult goes so you could effectively halve the cost of rides on that day and I think they're free entry too?

    If I were you look at how much you COULD afford.. what can the kids cut back on so that you can afford it?

    Then I'd give them each some money and tell them when that runs out that's it... that way they can choose to spend it on rides, showbags or food. Their choice. I would take all the food from home.. that would save you a bit of dough.

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    I second the previous idea of letting them know how much they have to spend. When I was a kid going to the Ekka with my mum I was given $50, then up to $100 as I got older and it was up to me how I spent it. This money was for any rides or show bags or junk I wanted. Mum would provide entry and lunch but anything else was to come out of my budget.

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    I took my two kids to our local rural show on Saturday. It was awesome! I should've taken more cash, but $50 got three of us in the gate, the kids had a couple of rides and they had a little bit to eat there. Can't wait to go again next year, will aim to take at least $100 to be able to do a few more things. Could've bought show bags on EFTPOS but the kids didn't ask so I didn't bother.

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    Well I entered a couple of competitions to win tickets this morning, most of the competitions I found were closed already.

    I'm still just thinking about it. The kids would be so excited to go though...

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    I haven't been with kids and it's been a really REALLY long time since I've been, but I do remember going as a young teen and my parents didn't have much money to spend on show bags and rides. Basically we were told we can only get one show bag and we could go on as many rides as we wanted. Because of lines, that didn't end up being many rides. I always used to get the coca cola or 2dayfm show bag lol how times have changed.

    So maybe you can do all the free things and tell them they can choose one show bag each?

    Personally I couldn't think of a worse place to Take my kids at the moment but they are still very young. I get quite stressed out around crowds, and even more so with kids, and then there would be the constant nagging for show bags. Which I would flat out refuse to buy because, sugar. But we are very strict when it comes to sugar.


 

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